The Senior Hall of Fame represents an elite and unique group of seniors who share many years of commitment to volunteerism and public service. Using their considerable skills, life experiences, and energies, each year’s inductees have worked tirelessly to improve quality of life for people of all ages. They function as role models of caring and selfless dedication, leaving their helping and creative mark on our schools, hospitals and social agencies. They have protected our environment, enriched our cultural life, provided guidance for our young people, and brought hope and meaning to the lives of the lonely, disadvantaged and elderly.
Diane Wilson Goldfarb
Diane Wilson Goldfarb has spent her life so involved in volunteer activities that her son, Jeff, when young, was dismayed she did not get paid for her work.
She set out to be a teacher, but a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis prevented it after her graduation in education from UNM in 1968. That same year she married Donald Goldfarb who encouraged her to become a volunteer.
After leadership roles in two organizations she proceeded in the late 1970’s and 1980’s to become involved in the YWCA where she co-chaired with Sherry Marron the formation of the YWCA’s Woman’s Resource Center. There she became deeply involved with women’s issues/ She also served as President of the Board of Directors. Her impact was so great that she received the YWCA’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Department of Senior Affairs gained her support and assistance in the 1980’s after she and her husband moved her mother in 1978. Asked to be on the Board of what is now Silver Horizons, Diane Wilson Goldfarb accepted. They restructured the Board and continued to develop the Senior Hall of Fame as well as Prime Time Expo.
In the 1980’s and 1990’s she joined in the efforts of Planned Parenthood of New Mexico, serving as President of their Board of Directors for two years. Later she worked for All Faiths Receiving Home. She has been involved consistently with the League of Women Voters.
Jamieson K Deuel CDR, USN (Ret)
Jamieson K. Deuel, a nuclear submariner for 13 years, came to Albuquerque in 1967 for shore duty. He served five years in London where he, as a World Class Wrestling referee-judge, developed a group of 18 year old wrestlers who where featured on BBC. He then represented Great Britain as their international referee-judge in the 1972 Olympics.
After five years in Great Britain he retired and returned to Albuquerque which has remained his home for over 43 years.
In that time he has volunteered in many capacities. He is a MENSA proctor. But four of his achievements stand out:
In 1976, at Paradise Hills, Deuel organized a soccer team, the Panthers, for 12-14 year olds with 19 young people. In three years it grew to the largest New Mexico soccer league with 6000 players in Rio Rancho, Paradise Hills, Taylor Ranch, Corrales and Alameda.
The next year, 1977, Deuel incorporated Deuel and Associates, Inc., the first locally owned engineering company in New Mexico. What began in his spare bedroom now branched into Colorado, Texas, California, Kansas, Illinois, and District of Columbia.
Deuel organized in Albuquerque an international FILA wrestling tournament. For this he was awarded FILA’s Medal of Honor.
Approaching Cibola High School in 1995, after reading an article on the FIRST robotics competition, a month before the $5,000 entry fee was due, Deuel’s fund-raising transformed the lives of students who were able to compete.
Jerry Ortiz y Pino
As a NM State Senator, Jerry Ortiz y Pino has made friends with both Republicans and Democrats in the New Mexico Senate. His sensitivity, compassion and sense of humor have sustained his ability to be a listener and an impassioned speaker in the senate for causes such as opposing the death penalty, progressive taxation and immigrants’ rights.
He has held to his ideals and his convictions, described in his Social Work Professional Oath “to be sensitive to cultural and ethnic diversity and, strive to end discrimination, oppression, poverty and all forms of social injustice.”
What sustains him is the belief that everyone deserves an equal chance, a good education, and quality, affordable healthcare. Former Senator Dede Feldman said that he “sponsored countless measures to improve the lives of those less fortunate – mentally ill patients, prisoners, foster children, grandparents, those without homes, and those without health insurance.”
Bills he presented to the senate early in this career were dismissed, but today stand as mainstream values.
Using his skills as a social worker, administrator, and nonprofit leader, Pino continues to battle injustice in its many guises. He has been a New Mexico Senator since 2005. Prior to that, he worked in social services from Las Cruces to Taos. In each area he honed and contributed his abilities just as he does today.
LaDonna Harris, a Commanche from Oklahoma, transferred her life to Albuquerque, NM in 1975 after her husband, U.S. Senator Fred Harris, ran for U.S. President. Harris is an activist for Tribal America. She developed the Americans for Indian Opportunity Agency, of which she is the current President. The agency catalyzes and facilitates culturally appropriate initiatives for indigenous peoples.
A statesman and national leader, she is an activist for international peace, environmental issues, women’s movement, and civil rights.
She was the first Senator’s wife to testify before a Congressional Committee. She was instrumental in the return of Taos Blue Lake to the people of Taos Pueblo and for the Menominee Tribe to receive federal recognition.
Harris was appointed to the following U.S. Presidential Commissions: National Council on Indian Opportunity; White House Fellows Commission; U.S. Commission on Observance of International Women’s Year; Commission of Mental Health; and represented the United States on the United Nations Education, Science, and Culture Organization (UNESCO).
In 1994, Vice President Gore recognized her in the area of telecommunications during the Tribal Summit. Secretary of Commerce, Ron Brown, appointed her to the Advisory Council on the National Information Infrastructure.
As a national leader, Harris founded the National Women’s Political Caucus. In 1980 as a Vice Presidential nominee for the Citizens Party ticket, she added environmental issues to the campaign. Issues still relevant in Presidential campaigns today.
National Boards on which Harris has served include the Girl Scouts U.S.A. and National Organization of Women.
Barbara Roos Brennan
For her continued support of physically and mentally challenged individuals in the community.! Barbara established a day care center for Handicapped Children in the Washington D.C. area . She continued her committed to the disadvantaged by pursuing grants and participating in fundraisers for the homeless, abused and physically disadvantaged persons in the Albuquerque Community. She presently owns Stride Inc., a business primarily that employs handicapped individuals.!
Nominated by: Alice Myers (Retired Physical Therapist/Community volunteer)
Letters of Support: Jan Keleher, Carla Aragon (TV talent and writer), Dennis Sterosky (CPA)!
For her tireless efforts as an advocate for Children, Youth and Families in our community. Carolyn has brought compassion, enthusiasm, vision and people skills necessary to gain funding and support for multiple programs in New Mexico including New Futures School which became a national model for programs serving pregnant and parenting teens.
Nominated by: Ina Miller
Letters of Support: Carol Robertson Lopez ( Executive Director of NM Children’s foundation), ! Gary King ( Attorney General), Frank Farrow (Director of the Center for the Study of Social Policy)
Ronald T. Montoya
For his dedication, persistence and organizational skills in developing and promoting programs for senior citizens. He was the Director of the first Mayor’s Office of Senior Citizens which became the office of Senior Affairs in 1978. Ron is the reason why thousands of seniors in Albuquerque, and throughout the star are living with a better quality of life. !
Nominated by: Margaret Fehl (owner of Special live in Care), Gino Rinaldi (Cabinet Secretary)!
Letters of Support: Alex Kiska, Ginger Grossetete, John Baca, Mandy Pino, Ray H. Barton
Ellen Ann Lembke Ryan
For her lifelong commitment and role as a philanthropist, leader, mentor, and a volunteer in the community, most notably the Junior League of Albuquerque and Sandia Preparatory School. She has been involved, donated, and organized fundraising for many services including All Faith’s home, New Mexico Symphony, Albuquerque Museum.!
Nominated by: Sheila Ryan Hunter
Letters of Support: B. Steven Albert (Head of School-Sandia Prep), Randy Royster (President and CEO of ABQ Community Foundation), Katie Williams (President-Junior League of ABQ), Karen Abraham (Executive Director of UNM Alumni Association)
Santos and Viola Abeyta
Janice E. Micali, Ph.D.
Orlando “Orlie” Sedillo
Sid Cutter (Posthumously)
Even though Sid Cutter was a member of a historic New Mexico avionics family, his first balloon ride happened accidentally. In 1971, Sid, his older brother, Bill, and their mother, were in a tethered hot-air balloon at a display. Their mother had already disembarked safely when the tether line came loose. Bill and Sid were suddenly airborne. Neither had any balloon flight training, but between them they managed to land safely. Thus began a lifelong love of hot air ballooning for Sidney Dillon Cutter.
In 1963, after eight years in the U.S. Air Force, Cutter had come home to work in the family business, Cutter Flying Service.
The business had been owned and operated by his parents, Bill and Virginia Dillon Cutter, since 1931. Sid served as President and CEO until 1974 at which time he took his love of ballooning to a higher level by forming the World Balloon Corporation, which he operated for 25 years.
Besides his love of hot air ballooning, Sid Cutter loved to make people smile. Happy was the day that Sid hit upon the idea of sharing his love of ballooning with everyone by founding the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The Fiesta, started in 1961, today draws just under one million spectators, and, according to the City of Albuquerque, brings into the local economy more than $75 million annually.
Cutters philanthropic practices are just as noteworthy as the Balloon Fiesta. He and his employees had a giving tradition that has helped Salvation Army, Civitan, ARCA, Kiwanis, Rotary, United Blood Services, United Way, Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, Special Olympics, Make-a-Wish Foundation, and many others. Cutter also sponsored more than 100 “Angel Flights” through Cutter Flying Service to fly patients to advanced medical facilities and doctors to remote parts of the state for free medical and dental clinics for the needy.
Art Gardenswartz’s love for running has provided him a lifelong athletic passion and has enabled him to deliver upon lessons he learned from his parents. Through giving, with no expectation of any return, he became a well-rounded humanitarian.
Gardenswartz received a full athletic scholarship in track to University of Arizona. After graduating from Arizona with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in 1964, he came back to work in the family’s sporting goods business. In 1976 he started Gardenswartz Sportz, grew it to seven locations before he sold to Big 5 Sporting Goods after 20 years.
He never took his financial successes lightly. In 1976, as a volunteer, Art founded, managed, and competed in the LeRoy Bearman Run, a charitable fundraising event for sports charities. He also sponsored, organized and donated to many charities, but none of his endeavors were as momentous as what he, his father, Harold Gardenswartz and uncle, Sam Gardenswartz, accomplished in 1977. Art’s cousin, and Sam’s son, Ronald Gardenswartz, died tragically at the age of 42. The three men then established the Ronald N. Gardenswartz Jewish Community Center. The JCC was to fulfill one of Ronnie Gardenswartz’s dreams of promoting multi-faith and multi-cultural interaction and education dedicated to fitness and health.
Jane & Doug Swift
A lifelong commitment to community has earned this couple special recognition. While raising six children, Jane and Doug, like many parents, volunteered for youth-oriented organizations, such as PTAs and the Boy Scouts. They didn’t stop there. They found time to serve on the boards of Opera Southwest, New Mexico Ballet Company, Albuquerque Arts Alliance and the Albuquerque Guild of the Santa Fe Opera.
In addition to board service, Jane and Doug volunteered for League of Voters Education Fund, the Albuquerque Urban Enhancement Trust Fund Committee and the Albuquerque Civic Plaza Artwork Planning Committee.
As fellow and former Arts Alliance Board Member, Karen Turner said, “They have always been willing to contribute as financial donors and ticket buyers to concerts, art shows and benefit luncheons/dinners – their hearts are large and generous.” For several years, the Swifts worked on Arts Alive, an annual fundraising event, where the pair did everything from mailing and handing out programs to setting up dance floors and moving pianos. This event was attended by more than 1,500 people each year in addition to 200 or more entertainers and raised thousands of dollars for the Community Foundation Arts and Culture Endowment Fund.
Through the Albuquerque Community Foundation, Jane and Doug have provided financial support to organizations such as the CNM Foundation, New Mexico Museum of Natural History, the National Hispanic Cultural Foundation, Hubbell House Alliance and the VSA Arts New Mexico and many others. They are true donor partners and have been important to The Foundation’s growth and development.
Carol Tucker Trelease
Carol started as a volunteer coordinator-family planning counselor at Planned Parenthood, then worked as education director and clinic director on her way to becoming Executive Director/CEO – a position she held for 18 years. In 1999, Carol was presented with the Margaret Sanger Award which is Planned Parenthood’s highest honor; recognizing leadership, excellence and outstanding contributions to the reproductive health movement.
Her commitment to helping women and families gain access to high-quality, affordable reproductive health care is seemingly tireless. Since retiring, she continues to devote her time and energy to improving communities. Carol gives to the Episcopal Cathedral of St. John, where she has served on the vestry, volunteers as a reader and usher, and works in the pantry and the Cathedral thrift store.
Her commitment to social justice has led to service on the board of the League of Women Voters and participation in the New Mexico Coalition for Choice and Teen Pregnancy Coalition. She works part-time as Executive Director for the Nirvana Manana Institute – a private family foundation supporting nonprofits engaged in family planning efforts, sex education, reproductive rights and teen pregnancy prevention.
While all of her philanthropic work keeps her busy, she recently toured and performed in Eastern Europe as part of the University of New Mexico chorus and is looking forward to singing at Lincoln Center in New York City with the chorus later this year.
Eliseo (Cass) Casillas
Eliseo (Cass) Casillas was totally surprised by the phone call informing him that he had been selected for induction into the Senior Hall of Fame. Those who are acquainted with Cass, however, know that there is no one more deserving. For over 30 years, Cass, even while a member of the media and communications department at UNM, generously shared his expertise with countless worthy causes and non-profit organizations. Originally from Puerto Rico, the Enchanted Island, it was fortuitous for the Land of Enchantment that Cass and his wife Mary chose to live their adult lives here. As a volunteer with the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce he traveled the world, especially to Spain, Mexico and Brazil, to promote commerce and convention between those countries and Albuquerque. Cass has also been committed to preserving the Spanish language and culture in New Mexico never turning down a speaking engagement or activity with young people. Throughout all he has also been dedicated to his church, the First Baptist Church of West Albuquerque. When asked about the most exciting experience of his life he answered, “I was selected by the US Air Force to serve in South America to advise the Chilean Air Force from 1967 to 1971. My family went with me, and we were exposed to the culture of the Chilean people and traveled throughout the country extensively. I was in a semi-diplomatic position with all the advantages and, while there, had the opportunity to record agricultural radio programs for Chilean farmers because of my broadcast experience. It was all just wonderful.” Cass’s personal wisdom: “Serving and helping people has been the guiding force in my life. I have always found it very rewarding because when you help others you help yourself.” At 80 years of age, his civic work continues. His contributions could fill volumes.
Patricia and Frank Jerabek
Allene & Walter Kleweno
Julia Y. Seligman
LaVerne T. Williams Hanks
“It takes a village to raise a child,” and if Albuquerque is such a village, LaVerne Hanks has proven herself as its matriarch. As a teacher and guidance counselor who spent 24 years in the Albuquerque Public School system, Hanks demonstrated her leadership and professionalism in directing youth in short- and long-term education goals. She participated in statewide efforts to close the achievement gap between African American students and non-minorities, and she proved herself as a priceless resource for dozens of community organizations and institutions. Hanks has worked tirelessly to raise money to support scholarship opportunities for economically disadvantaged youth and has engaged students, parents and faith-based organizations to ensure that Albuquerque’s children receive proper attention, solid advice and community support as they pursue educational and career endeavors. Outside of her official associations with sororities, Bible fellowships and various women’s programs, Hanks has made the extra effort to assist in the less publicized ways, such as cooking for elders, assisting ill people requiring care and helping children in need of such necessities as clothing. According to Dr. Harold Bailey, one of several locals who nominated Hanks, not only does she deserve the nomination, but adding her to the list of winners “can only add to the prestige of the Silver Horizons’ Senior Hall of Fame.”
Herman Mauney has been described as having “quiet wisdom” but “unwavering passion” through his years of involvement within the Albuquerque community. A man of many hats, Mauney has worked with ARCA as a servant to hundreds of infants, children, adults and seniors with development disabilities; he has worked with Presbyterian Hospital to erect a “playground in the sky” that extends as an open-air balcony from the Children’s Unit on the sixth floor, providing children a place to sit in the sun and breathe fresh air as they are treated for life-threatening diseases; and through philanthropic endeavors across the spectrum Mauney has “inspired ordinary people to join together and accomplish extraordinary tasks,” according to one supporter. After graduating from North Carolina State University with honors in electrical engineering and later finishing his graduate studies in Business Administration at the University of New Mexico, Mauney worked his way up the ranks at Sandia National Laboratories, where he retired as Director of Systems Evaluations after 38 years. Since his retirement, he has volunteered with the New Mexico Museum of Natural History, serving on its foundation board for six years. He has held positions on the national board of the American Cut Glass Association, the Heights Optimist Club of Albuquerque and the Alexis de Tocqueville Society. His community involvement is miles long, and the consensus from his peers paints a glowing portrait of a compassionate and devoted public servant.
Retired Air Force Officer Bobbie Nobles has been an activist, a supporter, a volunteer and a fund raiser of unmatched dedication to the Asian community. He began working with the Vietnamese community not long after the fall of Saigon when he immersed himself in the culture in Vietnam and served as an advisor to pilots in the Republic of Vietnam Air Force. Nobles has similarly applied himself locally helping hundreds of Vietnam era refugees make new lives in New Mexico. Later he was one of the founders and served as secretary of the Asian American Association, which comprises Albuquerque residents from numerous Asian nations. He has been instrumental in organizing the annual Festival of Asian Cultures event in town, and he helped create the first Asian Heritage Day at the state legislature several years ago. “While his ethnicity may not be of Asian descent, Mr. Nobles embraces the humility and cultural values of the Asian people, and has taken the time to learn about the traditions and customs of each of the individual communities, including their language,” the New Mexico Japanese American Citizens League said in its nomination for Nobles. Nobles’ most recent project was to complete an Asian Cultural Center at the New Mexico State Fairgrounds. And it was through his efforts that the South Vietnamese Commandos who had raided a North Vietnamese POW camp received U.S. military decorations.
Chester French Stewart
Chester French Stewart hasn’t made a lot of noise during his 40-plus years as a business owner, church deacon and philanthropist in Albuquerque, but his contributions, his values and his devotion to the community are always on display as one of this city’s most revered members. Through his associations with the Elks Lodge, Rotary, United Way of New Mexico, the Better Business Bureau and dozens more community organizations, Stewart has exemplified the ethics, values, compassion and leadership embodied in Silver Horizons Hall of Fame nominees. “When the word ‘integrity’ was coined, the author wrote of Chet,” his executive assistant at French Mortuary, Mary Ann Hathaway, said in nominating Stewart for the annual honor. With charitable donations and involvement, Stewart has been a caring leader for the most vulnerable residents of this community, and “his kindness and cheerful spirit are an inspiration to all who know him,” Paul Hopkins wrote. Stewart’s responsibilities have ranged from president of the New Mexico Funeral Service Association to member of the Chamber of Commerce, with involvement in the Kirtland Partnership Committee, the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and the University of New Mexico, Anderson School of Management Foundation Board in between. For those who have been blessed to know Stewart, it is clear that a more selfless person is difficult to find.
F. Chris Garcia, Ph.D.
F. Chris Garcia, Ph.D. is a business leader and an advocate for many causes in the community. Garcia’s career at the University of New Mexico was highlighted in 2002, when he was named UNM’s 17th President by the university’s Board of Regents. Garcia said he accepted the job reluctantly, and remained the school’s president for one year. That capped a long career at UNM that has included positions as a Professor of Political Science, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Vice President of Academic Affairs and as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
He also has served on numerous boards, committees and task forces both on and off the UNM campus. Garcia has served on educational and civic groups such as the Albuquerque Goals committee, a City Charter Revision Task Force, the Good Government Group and many others.
Garcia has numerous awards and honors including the Zia Award for Outstanding UNM Alumni in 1997, the American Political Science Association Goodnow Award for Distinguished Service in 2001 and the Chief Manuelito Navajo Nation Award for Meritorious Contributions to Navajo Education. He was honored by UNM Mesa Chicana and the Association for Chicano Students for his educational contributions to the Hispanic Community.
Garcia also has provided commentary and analysis on politics, campaigns and elections for local and national media outlets. Born and raised in Albuquerque – a proud graduate of Valley High School – Garcia said he has been proud to serve not only UNM, but the community and state of New Mexico.
Betty-Mae Hartman has truly made a difference in the lives of many people in New Mexico through her volunteer work with several different programs and organizations.
Helping youth has been her passion. She established a Workshop for the Blind, has served as a Cub Scout leader and a Girl Scout Troop leader. She’s served for two years on the Parent Teacher Advisory council at Monte Vista Elementary and advocated for many years for the establishment of the Career Enrichment Center for APS.
Hartman also has been active in the American Business Women’s Association and with the Albuquerque Sister Cities Program.
Not only has Betty-Mae worked to launch the Sisters Cities Program, but she also has served as president of the organization. She has accompanied Mayor Martin Chavez on several trips to Albuquerque’s sister cities, including visits to Hualien, Taiwan and Sasebo, Japan. At different times, Betty-Mae has visited all eight sister cities and has helped to receive the visits of official delegation to Albuquerque from those cities.
Betty-Mae was born and raised in Albuquerque. She was one of the first class to graduate from the Sandia Girls School, the predecessor to the prestigious Sandia Prep School. Those who have worked with Betty-Mae say she is an exemplary New Mexico native who has given a lot to her state and, at the age of 86, she keeps on giving.
Richard "Dick" Kirschner
Richard “Dick” Kirschner has supported education, the Rio Grande Bosque and the New Mexico legal community. His efforts have not gone without notice and the senior Hall of Fame would like to honor him as well.
Dick chaired the Albuquerque Business Education Compact Literacy Committee and directed the “Read to Me” campaign to involve parents with the education of their young children. He also campaigned for local and national public service announcements to encourage parents to read to their children. Honored by his own college, Dick was elected Western Regional member of the Swarthmore College Alumni Association.
Dick has represented the Bosque Defense Fund in its long-running successful legal fight to prevent exploitation of the bosque. He spearheaded efforts to clean up and restore the bosque after a major fire several years ago.
In addition to representing the Bosque Defense Fund, Dick is a major supporter of the ACLU-New Mexico. He took a leading role in efforts to protect West Side neighborhoods and mitigate traffic problems resulting from large commercial developments there.
For more than 40 years, Dick Kirshner ran a successful management consulting and economic research firm, Kirschner Associates, Inc., which was based in Albuquerque. Even while he ran his company, Dick always found time to volunteer and work towards bettering his community, the city and the state.
Anne E. Nokes
Anne E. Nokes has carved out a unique position in the community as a public servant dedicated to help our most vulnerable people – children and youth. She has been the backbone of many well-known organizations, such as All Faiths Receiving Home. Her work at All Faiths spans all facets of the operation, from reading, entertaining and even changing diapers when she needed to. There wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do to help out the agency.
Her leadership role has included terms on the Board of Directors, where she has been Board President three times. As a fundraiser, Anne makes countless presentations for United Way and others as an advocate for All Faiths. The organization has awarded Anne with the Life Time Achievement Award for her tireless work for the organization.
Anne hasn’t stopped at All Faiths when it comes to helping children. She also has represented Peanut Butter & Jelly Therapeutic Pre-School, Cuidando Los Ninos, Alta Mira, Children’s Trust Fund of New Mexico, Citizen Review Board for Abused and Neglected Children and the New Mexico Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse, among others.
Because of her drive to be whole heartedly involved in the organizations she serves, Anne has been elected president to many of those agencies and others. New Futures High School provides not only schooling, but support, counseling, case management and social services for pregnant and parenting teens. While devoting much of her public service to children and teens, Anne also is active with United Way of Central New Mexico and in the League of Women Voters as well as the New Mexico Zoological Society.
Kim Perdue Special Achievements Award:
Kim Perdue is one of those rare and exceptional individuals who inspires everyone he comes into contact with. Mr. Perdue began his career with the Department of Senior Affairs in 1976 as the Assistant Supervisor of the Palo Duro Senior Center. Shortly thereafter, he was promoted to Supervisor, and not long after that, was named to the position, Senior Network Coordinator. This new role broadened his scope and his reach in serving older adults. It enabled him to affect the lives of hundreds, if not thousands, of older adults throughout the community. After 22 years in this role, Mr. Perdue was again promoted, this time to serve as Director of the Department of Senior Affairs. He retired in 2004 after putting in 30 years of service.
A man with integrity and heart, Mr. Perdue didn’t just “do a job,” he immersed himself in his work on behalf of seniors. Friends and colleagues comment that he would always go above and beyond; he would do what needed to be done and do it gladly. Seniors through the years have appreciated his great attitude, his efforts and his commitment to go the extra mile and make life more enjoyable for all those around him.
In addition to helping open several Albuquerque area senior centers, Mr. Perdue also worked to expand the Senior Olympics program. He continues to support the Senior Olympics as a volunteer. Mr. Perdue has made many friends and has influenced many lives through the course of his service to the DSA. Among his numerous awards and honors, he received the U.S. Administration on Aging “Community Achievement Award” in 1989 and the “Outstanding Achievement of a Professional in the Service of Seniors” award from the New Mexico Conference on Aging in 2002.
Kim Perdue is credited with contributing to making the lives of our area’s older adults richer, more meaningful, and just a little brighter. Mr. Perdue has set a fine example and has truly raised the bar for those who continue on in his footsteps.
Virginia P. Grant
Dr. Vaun and Mary Floyd
Harold R Goff
Jo and Victor Izay
Carolyn Hong Chan
Mary Lou Edward
Vincente T Ximenes
Edward L. Romero
Max Flatow has helped shape the architectural design environment of our city through his designs of the Civic Plaza, the original Convention Center, the Simms Building, the Marriott Hotel, the education complex, the bell/tower and fountain, the School of Nursing and the Humanities Building on the University of New Mexico campus. He continues his efforts to improve the quality of life in Albuquerque by recently working closely with Senator Pete Domenici to remove unsightly jetty jacks from the bosque. Mr. Flatow records nature through his watercolors and teaches watercolor techniques to other seniors, as well as participating in other volunteer projects through the Jewish community. (2003)